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Security guard stopped at airport with gun and pepper spray in luggage

Andrew Phelan

Published 18/12/2015 | 11:44

The court heard he had been licenced to carry the weapons for his work in the United States, but not here
The court heard he had been licenced to carry the weapons for his work in the United States, but not here

A SECURITY guard who illegally brought weapons including a semi-automatic pistol in his luggage onto a flight to Dublin was “not thinking rationally” at the time, a court heard.

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Daniel Fitzgibbon (30) had been living in the US before he flew home with an air rifle and two cans of CS gas and pepper spray in his bags.

Dublin District Court heard his wife in America had told him to leave because she wrongly thought he was having an affair due to the long hours he was working .

She withdrew his visa status and he had to return to Ireland “forthwith”.

The accused, of Ardmore Avenue, Knoocknaheeny, Co Cork, pleaded guilty to importing into the State without a licence two canisters of CS gas and pepper spray, a 4.4mm-calibre Daisy Powerlineair rifle and a 9mm Parabellum Heckler and Koch model USP semi-automatic pistol.

At Dublin District Court Judge William Early applied the Probation Act, leaving him without convictions.

Sgt Paul Keane said the defendant was stopped at customs in Terminal 2 with the weapons in his luggage on May 1. He co-operated fully and handed them over.

Fitzgibbon had been living and working in San Antonio, Texas, his solicitor Yvonne Bambury said.

His wife wrongly believed he was having an affair; he came home one day and she told him to leave.

Licence

The court heard he had been licenced to carry the weapons for his work in the United States, but not here.

Everything was safe and locked but he “simply shouldn’t have brought (the weapons) here without a permit”, Ms Bambury said.

The customs officer could see that everything Fitzgibbon owned was in the bags, she added.

He had no previous convictions.

Daniel Fitzgibbon was ‘not thinking rationally’ when he packed the weapons before his flight, his solicitor claimed.

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